Message from Margaret Frewin in Australia


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Posted by RFrewen~at~aol.com on September 21, 1998 at 19:09:23:

In Reply to: Message from Margaret Frewin in Australia posted by Lawrence Frewin on August 21, 1998 at 07:47:03:

I should have responded earlier to this but have been very busy at work and depart overseas again on Friday...

There were two Frewen males, Michael and John, transported from Ireland to Australia in the late 1840's. I believe that they were from the Castleconnell Frewen branch as their trial was in Limerick rather than Tipperary where the other Frewen families lived. I need to check out who these were and get more info on their crimes.
Robert Frewen, my great uncle, was a railroad engineer in Australia in the late 1800s and died in Sydney, in the late 1930's (unmarried, no issue) He was a "constant companion" of the opera singer, Dame Nellie Melba. The Mitchell family (Dame Nellie's real name) described him as "their cousin" in his death notice. He was a "Barronstown" Frewen.

There was a John W Frewen who was a by all accounts "a character" and a very distant cousin of mine - the link is prior to the mid 1800s but he wrote to my Gfather in the 1930s as "cousin." He styled himself as "Business Organiser" and managed "The Irish Chamber for International Trade," a body he set up in Australia (c1920's) to promote Irish imports. I believe that he went there in the 1880s as a young man and was (need to confirm) a son of Thomas Frewen of Roesborough, Co.Tipperary. He is frequently mentioned in the Evatt Collection Papers at Flinders University. I do not know if he married.

Finally, there is a branch of the English Frewen family (Brickwall, Northiam) in NSW since (+/-) the First World War.

There is a town called Frewena in the Northern Territories. (I have Lat & long. somewhere.) Rumour has it that this was called after my great uncle Robert the rr engineer - what I heard is that it is a one horse town in the middle of no-where. Any of our Antipodian Frewen/ins got any information on it?


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